IN THE LIGHT BULB ROOM September 19, 2017: Is “Diversity” Enough?

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 PM at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

A panel discussion on the topic "Is 'Diversity' Enough?: Strategies for Inclusion on Campus and Beyond" meeting in the French Lounge, 270 Student Union

“Celebrating diversity” has long been promoted as a worthy goal by academies of higher learning and civic institutions, but have efforts in this spirit done enough to address the interests of people of color and include them meaningfully within university and civic life? If not, what barriers remain, and how do we best confront them? Our panel conversation will focus on our best possible responses as we explore these questions together and address such related topics as historical legacy and memorialization, student and administrative engagement, black entrepreneurship, and what it takes to maintain a positive cultural climate on campus and beyond.

Panel participants will include history lecturer Dr. Amy Carreiro, former OSU Professor Emeritus Dr. Earl Mitchell, and Dr. Shaila Mehra, Director of OSU’s Center of Africana Studies.

To guide discussion, we will draw upon Ralph Ellison's essay “What America Would Be Like Without Blacks” as well as a short excerpt from "Going to the Territory" to examine the ways in which his statement there is still true—in our time as it was in his—that “today it is the black American who puts pressure upon the nation to live up to its ideals.” We encourage participants to read these selections before the session.

Our In the Light Bulb Room series of conversational forums is sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities with this session operated in partnership with the Creative Writing Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Oklahoma State University.

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